7 Bean Soups to Prepare You for Winter

The easiest way to bulk up your soup pot

As winter beckons, we start to lean toward foods with a little more heat, a little extra comfort, and a lot of flavor. Enter bean soups. From Mexican black bean soup to an American classic with a healthy dose of ham hock, here's how we're keeping ourselves warm and satisfied.

Beans + cured pork

Fatback and Heirloom Bean Soup

Fatback and Heirloom Bean Soup

You can serve this soup the day you prepare it, but after an overnight rest on the refrigerator, the beans will have absorbed some of the broth and the soup will have a deeper flavor.Michelle Heimerman

Fatback and heirloom beans make an easy but impressive soup, and it tastes even better the next day.

A creamy Mexican soup

Sopa de Habas

Mexican Fava Bean Soup

Todd Coleman

Cumin and saffron bring depth to this soup with a puréed tomato base.

Just four ingredients

Senate Bean Soup

Senate Bean Soup

Todd Coleman

Navy beans, ham hock, onions, and butter. That's all you need.

The smoothest black bean soup

Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup

James Oseland

The smoothest, silkiest black bean soup you'll ever eat.

Soup with a kiss of smoke

Hungarian Ham and Bean Soup

Hungarian Ham and Bean Soup

A paprika-laced roux of lard, flour, and sour cream transforms a simple bean and ham soup into something luxurious.Todd Coleman

Smoked ham hock and Hungarian paprika keep this soup interesting.

Beans and greens

White Bean and Lacinato Kale Soup with Smoked Ham Hock

White Bean and Lacinato Kale Soup with Smoked Ham Hock
After flavoring the beans for this creamy winter soup, smoked ham hock is shredded and pan-fried, rendering it crisp and intensifying its flavor. Get the recipe for White Bean and Lacinato Kale Soup with Smoked Ham Hock »Bill Phelps

Add hearty kale for a one-pot meal.

Italian-style

Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup

André Baranowski

Loads of olive oil and garlic in this one.